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Hello, dear readers. How long has it been - 7 months already?
I really must apologize for "abandoning my posts" (pun intended) for such a prolonged period. Unfortunately this could not be avoided, yet that does not excuse the absence of at least 2 lines saying that I would be going away for a while.
My setbacks and challenges in 2015 continued right into 2016, culminating with the death of my dear aunt (my 2nd mother).
I also had a bad car accident which almost totalled my car, yet left me completely unscathed. I still have no explanation for it other than divine intervention, although upon checking out Nissan's site, I discovered some really exceptional safety features which would have contributed to my good fortune. Thankfully, I was alone at the time. Although I had no medical expenses, the ensuing car repairs pretty much obliterated any prize money which I had set aside for Donna's Glorious Giveaways.
The main reason for taking a break, however, was major overwhelm due to a lack of well-defined, efficient operating processes. Way too much of my personal time was being spent on the myriad of tasks involved in blogging, publishing the e-mail newsletter, posting to social media channels, getting sponsored banners, setting up giveaways, running the Member Rewards program and more recently, launching the YouTube channel. All this plus being a full-time mom and wife.
I just couldn't keep it up any longer. I was spreading myself way too thin and beginning to neglect my health and well-being. Although I absolutely adore writing for and connecting with you, I had to heed my husband's suggestion to take a step back, examine my operational processes, identify weak areas and enlist help or automization wherever possible so as to free up some time for myself and my family.
That's exactly what I'm doing. I'm still working out some kinks but for now, I'm prepared to focus on the important thing every week - that is, to write to you. Everything else is secondary, except of course for giveaways, which I will provide as time and DGG's resources permit.
On another note, I hope that you have started to come to terms with any disappointment or fear that may have fallen upon you since the recent election. So pervasive is this issue that, with Thanksgiving literally right around the corner, I felt it absolutely essential to send out a message of hope and healing for the upcoming holiday season.
To this end, I will revive Donna's Glorious Giveaways later today with a special post to help heal America. Please look out for it @3 pm CT. Trust me, if you have been alarmed to any degree by the election fallout, you owe it to yourself to read it. Newsletter subscribers won't see it until 8:30 pm CT because I want to give them a chance to sift through their cluttered inboxes to find this apology post first.
Until then, stay safe, prepared and focused as you race towards Thanksgiving.
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